It’s six thirty in the morning and Bear is ready to go out. The sun is still tucked behind the mountains to the east, but will soon rise. The winds have kicked up. The waves roll in crashing a shore and reaching our fire ring. Each morning we notice the water encroaching, swallowing up a bit more shoreline. At this time of year, the lake is allowed to fill and soon our lake front property will be under water.
Knowing we will soon need to move due to the rising water, I glance up and down the shoreline taking in my tranquil surroundings. This has been a week full of socializing, relaxing, exploring and discovery. As much as I’ve loved staying here, it’s time to move on. Time to explore and discover new surroundings. I find so much joy and peace being near the water. Perhaps it’s due to fond childhood memories spent near lakes. I wonder, can I experience these same emotions without water? I guess we’ll find out.
This little slice of panacea does have its pitfall. It’s called the weekend. Starting Friday afternoon the locals come to play at Lake Pleasant. Most folks are nice and considerate but some are down right rude and ignorant. There appears to be some unwritten rules or etiquette to boondocking. First and foremost, space….space between rigs. We boondock because we like our space. We observed a motorhome pull in mid Saturday and shimmy his way between to vehicles, leaving approximately six inches on either side. He had backed in between these vehicles, onto a bit of shoreline that jetted out a little more than other areas, and backed to the water’s edge blocking the view of the rig he had just squirmed by. Oh, then started his generator a meer ten feet from a couple sitting at the shores edge. Sunday morning the place starts to empty, and by Monday it’s a return to my little panacea.
With an itch to move on, Al and I discuss our options. We’ve heard great things about McDowell Regional Park and Usery Regional Park, both located to the east of Phoenix. Both Parks are booked leaving overflow parking as our only option. Al would like to check out the Rio Salado Gun Club at Usery Park and I have an interest in the Cave Wind hike. It’s unanimous….Usery Regional Park it is.